In the business of research and development, the valley of death is the place where potentially great science and technology goes to die on the way to the marketplace. I’ve been thinking a lot about how one goes about building a bridge across this valley. Here are some readings I found to be of value and some of my thoughts on this topic.
I went from conflating activity and productivity to understanding that time is a finite resource best spent on the disciplined pursuit of the wildly important. It is simple, but not easy. I'll tell you the habits that are working for me and provide pointers to resources I found helpful on this journey so you don't have to waste your time.
If you are in the digital service delivery business and don't have a program component focused on "looking around corners for what is coming", you will be blind-sided (it is simply a question of when). So, how can digital service delivery programs avoid this?
Do you know that the U.S. Federal Government has a seed funding program that can provide up to $850,000, over 3 years, to conduct federally-funded research and development? And that it is specifically meant for small, innovative organizations that are majority U.S. owned?
A lot, if you ask Joni Brennan, and I do. Have a listen!
These days, I tend to get a lot of the "What are you doing now?" question. So here is a partial answer.
I have tendered my resignation to the GSA and the FICAM Program. It is an amicable parting which I initiated, and I am staying on until February 21, 2015 to help with the transition. I have not made up my mind on what to do next.